The CABS Winter operation in Sardinia
When the northern and central European thrushes and robins reach their winter quarters in Sardinia in late autumn, the poachers are already waiting there with thousands of wafer-thin horsehair snares and trapping sites equipped with huge nets.
CABS and our partner associations have been organising migratory bird protection camps in the south of the Mediterranean island since 1999. In the past we only carried out one week operations in early winter, between 2012 and 2017 we covered almost the entire season with 8 weeks between November and January. With the significant decline in poaching, we are now again carrying out one to two operations of 10 to 20 days each.
The participants, who usually come from Italy and usually number between 15 and 20, search the fresh paths of the poachers in the extensive strawberry tree forests. These are labyrinth-like in the unclear hills and - if active - equipped with thousands of horsehair snares each, which are positioned in the bushes as well as on the ground. Nets are more often found on the mountain ridges, which the birds fly over flat.